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International Women's Day 2014

Photo Credit: EPA/Sedat Suna

“Sustainable development, a truly peaceful and harmonious society, are only possible when all talents, including the talents of women, are free to thrive. Peace and harmony among humans are only possible when all rights, including women’s rights, are recognized.”

UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay

International Women’s Day 2014

On 8 March 2014, the world will commemorate International Women's Day. It is a time to reflect on the advancements made in women’s rights, inspire change, and celebrate the women who have made an impact in their communities.

This year’s theme, “Equality for women is progress for all”, highlights how the importance of gender equality, empowerment of women, and the elimination of poverty are essential to economic and social development.   Inter-agency efforts have focused on the need to ensure explicit attention to women's human rights in the future sustainable development goals.  

On this occasion, the UN Human Rights Office is working to raise awareness about various concerns related to the human rights of women.


VIDEO MESSAGE FROM UN HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF NAVI PILLAY

Transcript in Word

View the video message subtitled in Spanish or French.


EARLY AND CHILD MARRIAGE

As part of its celebration of International Women's Day, The UN Human Rights Office and UNFPA co-organized a special event to launch the photography exhibit, “Too Young to Wed”, which highlights the issue of child marriage. The exhibit features more than 30 compelling photographs of child brides by U.S. photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair.


ADVANCING WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS

The UN Human Rights Office is also working in partnership with other UN agencies to further women's human rights.
In particular, on 3 March 2014, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) signed a Framework of Cooperation, which details specific steps that the two organizations will take to enhance cooperation and collaboration in the advancement of women's human rights.